Spectra Logic Expands Data Integrity Features Across T-Series Tape Libraries

Extends built-in enterprise functionality and data integrity verification features to its full line T-series tape libraries.

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Spectra Logic is now offering data integrity verification across its complete line of T-Series tape libraries from SME to Enterprise free of charge. Spectra’s BlueScale Data Integrity Verification for tape libraries ensures data written to tape is retrievable now and for years into the future.

With Data Integrity Verification, Spectra’s tape libraries actively, automatically check the media and the data on tape throughout the storage life of the data. Integrated data integrity verification is an important data center requirement for mission-critical data. Data integrity verification is being addressed through data scrubbing techniques from memory to high-end RAID storage and is now available in all Spectra T-Series tape libraries.

Organizations are retaining ever-expanding volumes of data to meet long-term business and compliance objectives and are storing larger amounts of data for extended periods of time. Storage of digital archive data can extend years or decades, and it is critical to ensure the enduring integrity and accessibility of that data. Spectra’s Data Integrity Verification gives enterprises confidence that their backup and archived data will be readily available when needed, regardless of how long it has been stored.

Data Integrity Verification is a key new feature available in BlueScale 11.3, the company’s software management platform, which powers Spectra Logic’s full line of tape libraries. Spectra Logic’s Data Integrity Verification improves system availability and data integrity by proactively performing background read verification passes of the tape media on a scheduled basis and reporting potentially latent failures. Spectra’s Data Integrity Verification includes three levels of fully automated validation:

  • PreScan checks newly imported tapes to ensure they are ready to use (for example, that the tapes are in good health, generationally compatible, and not write-protected).

  • QuickScan verifies that the backup and archive data was successfully written to tape with a rapid single pass from the beginning of the tape to the end of the first track. Along with PostScan, rapid or gradual media degradation is tracked in the library’s flash memory SQL database and reported to users.

  • PostScan automatically verifies the physical tape cartridge and the integrity of the all of the data it contains. As with PreScan and QuickScan, the PostScan process is performed by the library and is independent of the backup application normally used to read and write data to the tape.

Ideal for high-performance computing, media and entertainment, and federal and general IT enterprises, Data Integrity Verification seamlessly integrates into existing environments and operates as a background library-managed process with no impact to application software configurations.

Full enterprise-class capabilities including Data Integrity Verification are available immediately at no additional charge on all Spectra Logic tape libraries including the Spectra T50e and T120, the Spectra T-Series Mid-Range T200, T380 and T680, and the enterprise class T950 and T-Finity. These capabilities are part of Spectra Logic’s BlueScale 11.3 management software, which powers Spectra’s full line of tape libraries.

More information is available at www.spectralogic.com/div.